ENGLISH The heart of a cham­pion

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Diego Zai­dle is a hum­ble young man, a quiet 13-year-old whose eyes light up when speak­ing about his pas­sion – Mo­tocross. Diego has only been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the sport for a lit­tle over a year, but has al­ready be­come state cham­pion in his age group and has be­gun rack­ing up na­tional vic­to­ries as well.

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Diego said rac­ing around the track – as of­ten air­borne as on the ground – can be scary at times, but, he told La Se­m­ana, “It’s worth it.”

Diego has taken a few spills while hon­ing his rid­ing skills, but noth­ing he couldn’t get back up from. “No bro­ken bones yet,” he said with pride.

Diego be­came state champ in 2016, dur­ing his first year par­tic­i­pat­ing in the sport. He com­peted against more than 20 other rid­ers to win the ti­tle.

In ad­di­tion to the state cham­pi­onship, in 2016 Diego came in first in two tour­na­ments and third in an­other, and this year he has also won in na­tional com­pe­ti­tion. He said he likes win­ning, but more than that he en­joys the chal­lenge and the friend­ships he has made along the way.

Diego’s par­ents ac­knowl­edge that they worry a lit­tle to see him travel at such high speeds, but they have faith in his skill and train­ing and ad­mire how par­tic­i­pat­ing in the sport is help­ing him grow as a per­son.

“He’s do­ing bet­ter –re­ally well – in school, and has de­vel­oped more con­fi­dence in him­self,” his mother ob­served.

Diego also said mo­tocross has helped him in his aca­demics, partly be­cause he knows if he fin­ishes all his school work and does well he will have more time to be back on his mo­tor­bike chas­ing thrills dur­ing the week­end.

Diego en­cour­ages oth­ers who may be con­sid­er­ing tak­ing up the sport to put aside any wor­ries and just do it.

“It looks dan­ger­ous but it’s not that bad once you get out there,” he said. “You’re go­ing to crash a lot, but you can’t be scared of get­ting hurt or you’re not go­ing to be­come one of the best.”

La Se­m­ana con­grat­u­lates state mo­tocross cham­pion Diego Zai­dle, a nat­u­ral tal­ent with the heart of a win­ner. (La Se­m­ana)

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